Russian, Asian or Eastern European mail order bride woes for Kiwis
Craig Davis says in the past six months, 11 men have contacted seeking help with mail order love affairs gone wrong. One A man admits to having had two mail order brides. "I'm one of the dumb ones. I did it twice in 7 years." He found his first wife from the Ukraine: "She seemed to be a marvellous lady. But we weren't married a year and once she got that stamp in her passport she was gone." His second wife was Russian, who fell pregnant. He got the visa and brought her to New Zealand. The relationship grew sour, and custody battle continues. "It has drained me... financially, emotionally and psychologically."
Man warns about Internet brides
"I wanted to find someone to share my life with." American women wouldn't give him the time of day so he turned to the Internet. It's there he met a woman whom we'll call Mary. Months later he flew to Bogotá, Columbia, to meet Mary and her two kids. He thought it was love, so he proposed. That's when the process began of getting them into Texas legally. It cost thousands of dollars. However, wedded bliss didn't last long. Mary moved out of the bedroom and began asking what would happen if things didn't work out. Soon Mary and her children left and she was claiming abuse, something he denies. Now he believes it was all part of a plan.
Millions of girls undergo female genital cutting every year
An estimated three million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East undergo genital mutilation/cutting every year, according to a UNICEF report. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice believed to enhance a girl's beauty, honour, marriageability, social status and chastity. Parents encourage cutting so that the family honour and the girl's best interest are protected.
When love and hate collide
The case of a man deliberately running over his fiancee has brought the spotlight back on the increasing number of crimes of passion. We find out why love is turning dark. The violence of love. This strange but true fact often remains closeted within the private domains of the two individuals concerned.
Mildly Depressed People More Perceptive Than Others
Surprisingly, people with mild depression are actually more tuned into the feelings of others than those who aren`t depressed, a team of psychologists has discovered. The researchers were so taken aback by the findings, they decided to replicate the study with another group of participants. The second study produced the same results: People with mild symptoms of depression pay more attention to details of their social environment than those who are not depressed.
Women 'get blame for being raped'
A third of people believe a woman is partially or completely responsible for being raped if she has behaved flirtatiously, a survey suggests. The Amnesty International poll of 1,000 people also found over 25% believe she is at least partly to blame if she has worn revealing clothing or been drunk.
Erotic charge 'is feature of good teaching'
A sexual charge between pupils and teachers is sometimes a feature of good teaching, an academic has claimed, following research that estimates as many as 1,500 pupil-teacher relationships develop each year. Pat Sikes concluded that "erotic charges" were common in schools, particularly as a result of good teaching "which provokes a positive and exciting response". Her 25-year study stressed that exploitative relationships were wrong, but added that it was not always a case of teacher exploiting pupil.